The Power of a Little Black Dress

Updated: Mar 10, 2019

I used to make a point never to own a little black dress. I was tired of hearing all the reasons a woman should own one and if everyone was wearing them... why would I want to wear something everyone else was wearing?

And then it happened. I tried on my first little black dress when I was 18 years old and visiting family in California. I had heard amazing things about the Forever21 that was four-stories high, so I had only made plans to shop there during my stay. In hindsight obviously this wasn't the smartest choice for West Coast fashion, but I was young and naive so let me have this one.

There I was on the top floor surrounded by glamour and trends when I spotted it on a mannequin: a darling mini flapper dress with a sweetheart neckline and thick satin straps that begged for me to put it on. It was cute, sexy, flirty, and stylish all in one. As soon as I slipped it on, I felt alive and fabulous. Like I was channelling my inner Tina Turner.

It was then I learned the power and impact of a Little Black Dress.

While sequins and jewel colours are always a good idea–90 years after it was first invented–a perfectly fitted, elegant LBD is still one of the sexiest eveningwear options around and is a staple in a woman's wardrobe.

I've been asked by my clients how many LBDs is too many, and the answer depends on the styles that you currently own.

I currently own three, each a very different style:

  • A fitted midi dress with spaghetti straps and a leggy slit (as seen above).

  • A mini velvet shift dress with a high-neck and slight pattern.

  • A strappy slip dress with a lace trim.

What about you? Whats your black dress count by style? Do you have two a-line cocktail dresses? One can go sista. Do you have a strapless maxi dress and a casual shift dress? You can keep them both! Do you have an off the shoulder black midi dress and also an off the shoulder black maxi dress? I would only keep one when they're that similar in style - and that's only if they still fit you and are in good shape.

As long as your black dresses are different in style, they still fit or can be altered to fit better, you absolutely LOVE them and wear them routinely - my suggested max is FIVE black dresses (that includes jumpsuits too girlfriend) and then it's really time to branch out into the colour world!

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ClosettCandyy is a personal styling service created by Jesse Whale serving the areas of Kingston and beyond. Virtual sessions are also available.
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